By Wesley Coburn - ONN
The Beggs Demons, Morris Eagles and Okmulgee Bulldogs will all be neighbors in Class 3A football again this season, with the other teams in district 6 being the Bristow Purple Pirates, Checotah Wildcats, Cushing Tigers and Kellyville Ponies.
The Demons, led by Lee Blankenship, were 6-5 last season (4-2 in 3A-6) and fell by one point in the first round to Claremore Sequoyah, they will open the 2017 season at Golden Demon Stadium on August 25 against Tulsa’s Langston Hughes Academy Scholars.
September 1 takes Beggs on the road to face the Berryhill Chiefs, then home again September 8 to face in-county rival Henryetta, the Demons have won the last five games of that series. September 15 Beggs hosts the Muskogee Hilldale Hornets, then they have a bye week September 22. District play begins with a home clash against Morris on September 29.
October 6 the Demons travel to Kellyville, they host Cushing October 13 and host Okmulgee during Senior Night on Thursday, October 19 before going to Bristow on October 29.
The Bulldogs are coached by Carl Lee, and they were 6-6 last season, losing in the first round to Berryhill. Their 2017 opens in Tulsa against the NOAH (Northeast Oklahoma Association of Homeschoolers) Jaguars.
September 1 will be the home opener at Harmon Field against the Tulsa Rogers Ropers, while the Oklahoma City Marshall Bears will visit on September 8. Okmulgee travels to the state capitol to face the Northeast Vikings on September 15, while district play begins with a trip to Cushing on September 22. September 29 the Bulldogs go to Checotah.
October 6 is a home game against Morris, with a bye on October 13 before going to Beggs on Thursday, October 19. A home game against Kellyville is on tap for October 27.
Jerry Hanlin’s Eagles look to improve from their 1-9 record last season, and that quest begins August 25 at home against the Mannford Pirates.
September 1 is a home contest against arch rival Henryetta. The Eagles have won 14 of the 22 games played in that series since 1992. September 8 Morris goes on the road to face the Haskell Haymakers before returning home on September 15 when the Holdenville Wolverines stop by. District play begins September 22 at home against Checotah, while MHS goes to Beggs in another rivalry matchup on September 29.
October 6 will be another rivalry game in Okmulgee, October 13 is at home against Bristow, while on Thursday, October 19 MHS goes to Kellyville. The regular season concludes with Senior Night on October 27 against Cushing.
The final week of the regular season on November 3 has Beggs going to Checotah, Okmulgee holding Senior Night against Bristow, and Morris with a bye.
Part of the summer event schedule for churches is VBS Week, and many local churches have just wrapped theirs up.
Okmulgee’s First Church of the Nazarene will be holding their Vacation Bible School each Sunday in August, beginning August 6, from 9:20 a.m. to 2 p.m. Transportation will be available.
You may register by calling Beky Baker at 918-752-4100, or at the church on August 6 from 9 a.m. to 9:20 a.m. Church of the Nazarene is located at 711 N. Okmulgee Ave., and their number is 918-756-0854.
Last Thursday night the Okmulgee Public Library celebrated the twentieth anniversary of The Sorcerer’s Stone, the first book of J.K. Rowling’s immensely popular Harry Potter series. There were 43 attendees, about half in costume, mainly children from toddlers to high school, with some adults attending as well.
Library clerk Jennifer Colwill read aloud from the book, and there was a Sorting Hat, create-an-owl craft station, a house-bracelet-making station, spider races, a photo booth and prize giveaways. Some fans even got into reenacting the books’ spell-dueling scenes.
“We had a really good turnout,” Colwill said. “I think I ignited the interest in the Harry Potter fandom for a lot of the kids.”
Colwill is a Ravenclaw, though all four Hogwarts houses are represented in her household.
The free celebration continues this Thursday night, July 27, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. as the library celebrates Harry’s birthday with a miniature Quidditch match, potion creation, a make-your-own dragon’s egg craft station, Pin the Lightning Bolt Onto Harry’s Forehead and much more. Again, costumes are not required but are encouraged.
By Wesley Coburn - ONN
Over the weekend Team Green Country, composed of over sixteen members from the Okmulgee area, Tulsa, Oklahoma City and Texas, competed in the Oklahoma City 48-Hour Film Festival. They shot their film in Okmulgee, in and around 102 Cocktails and Bites, on 100 S. Morton, with an action scene filmed at Bella’s Ristorante, a new eatery located at the Best Western.
The genre was announced at 7 p.m. Friday night, and several required elements had to be included in the finished project, which was due at 7 p.m. Sunday night. The team drew Sci-Fi as their genre, which the other teams were all hoping for, according to team member Kalea Ellison. “We always do well with Action/Adventure, and we also hoping to draw Musical, because we had a lot of cool resources for that.”
The finished film has to be between four and seven minutes in length, or eight minutes with credits. Required elements were a character named Ben or Brenda, use of a marker, and a mandatory line of dialogue.
The team’s headquarters for Saturday’s filming and editing was the ONN studio. The team picked Okmulgee as their location because of the welcoming people and useful filming locations, and also because business owners are eager to help in any way they can.
There are 31 teams competing in the contest, and Team Green Country will be vying against eleven other teams in Group B. The winning films will be announced beginning at 4 p.m. on Sunday, July 30, at the Oklahoma City Farmers Market, with Group B’s results presented at 6 p.m.
By Wesley Coburn - ONN
The Okmulgee County Democrats group held their July meeting Thursday night at the Okmulgee Public Library, holding it upstairs because a Harry Potter celebration was going on in the basement.
The main speaker of the evening, Joshua Harris-Till, leader of the Oklahoma Young Democrats, was unable to attend due to a family medical emergency.
Chair Tom Taton praised the group’s efforts in getting Karen Gaddis elected to the state House of Representatives. “It’s proof positive that community engagement works,” stated Taton. “It really works!”
Activation of the Finance Action fundraising committee, the Publicity Action committee, the Outreach Action committee and the Issues Action committee took place.
In other news, the June minutes and treasurer’s report were approved, there was a report on the June state convention of the Oklahoma Democratic Party, a website will be created for the group, and ODP shirts are available to order, T-shirts for $13 and polos for $20.
With a new school year approaching, it can be a good time to freshen up appearances as part of the back-to-school preparations.
Renovations Salon & Barber Shop will be giving away free haircuts, and while inventory lasts, free backpacks with some supplies, on Saturday, July 29, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Renovations is located at across from the Creek Council House on 107 S. Grand Ave in downtown Okmulgee.
By Wesley Coburn - ONN
The upcoming first-ever Okmulgee Airfest, to be held at Okmulgee Regional Airport on September 30, is represented by a cheerful smiling red plane mascot. There was a “Name the Plane” contest held on the event’s Facebook page this week, with the winner chosen by amount of comment likes. With 25 likes, the winning submission of “Leonard,” submitted by Lacie Spurgeon of Okmulgee, was chosen as the best.
The runner up, with 17 likes, was “Rudy the Little Red Plane.” There were over 70 submissions suggested, including Airfest One, Clifford the Little Red Plane, Pecan the Plane, Planey McPlaneface, the Red Skydog, Okmulgee Rising and Wingsy.
Event partners for the Airfest include the City of Okmulgee, Okmulgee Area Development Council, Okmulgee Chamber of Commerce, Okmulgee Main Street, First National Bank & Trust, Tulsa International Airport, Oklahoma State University Institute of Technology and the Muscogee (Creek) Nation.
“We’re hoping that people will recognize the importance of the airport,” Kay Rabbitt, of the Okmulgee Chamber of Commerce, said. “It’s definitely a jewel in the Okmulgee crown, but I’m not sure that residents and the public realize how much it is used and realize the value of it. With the air show, it’s a good way to remind people what we have out there, and we hope they’ll have a good time.”
On the show day, the airport gates will open at 10 a.m., while the air show begins at 12 p.m. and runs until 2 p.m. Admission is $5 per person or $10 per car/plane.
Henryetta Church of the Nazarene will be hosting a night of worship music in Nichols Park in Henryetta on Friday, August 11 from 7-11 p.m.
Any musician or singer from any denomination is welcome to join the Henryetta Collective worship band, whose purpose is to collectively join together in order to reach others and spread the gospel.
The music will include everything from traditional hymns and classic gospel tunes to contemporary worship songs.
For more information, contact Billy Robertson at 918-752-9692.
By Wesley Coburn - ONN
On Saturday, August 5, there will be county-wide Prayer Walk beginning at 9 a.m. at Green Country Vo-Tech on 1100 North Loop 56 in Okmulgee. Groups of four (preferably from different churches) will drive to a school and walk around in prayer circles, much like the Israelites did in Joshua 6.
The event is being organized by Christy Parker, her brother Darren Downing, Mike James and Pastor Marcus Jeffries of Eastside Baptist Church.
Schools to be visited include Beggs, Dewar, Henryetta, Morris, Okmulgee, Preston, Schulter, Twin Hills and Wilson, in addition to the College of the Muscogee Nation, Green Country Vo-Tech and OSU-IT. The prayer walk will run from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Parker grew up in Okmulgee attending First Baptist, she is currently a teacher in Coweta and her husband is a coach. Before leaving Okmulgee they attended Southside Baptist, because Christy had family going there. About three months ago she shared a post on Facebook that God was leading her to pray for Okmulgee, and that turned into a multi-denominational prayer meeting at Brock Gym, which went so well that this second event was organized, specifically for the schools this time.
“People keep coming to me - I’ve never put one of these on until three months ago,” Parker said. “Just to have God lay it on my heart, and then to find out that everybody else had it on their hearts – that was so awesome.” A third Prayer Walk is tentatively scheduled for January 2018, and organizers hope to put on about three per year.
Following the Prayer Walk, a different committee will be hosting a meal for first responder personnel, EMSA personnel, the Okmulgee Police Department, the Okmulgee Fire Department, the Okmulgee County Sheriff’s Department and the Creek Nation Lighthorse. It will be held at Eastside Baptist on 219 N. Osage. Donations are greatly welcomed and appreciated; they will matched by Randy’s Foods.
Prayer Walk T-shirts may be purchased at Truly Yours, located at 113 E. 6th, until Thursday, July 20. Youth sizes are $10, adult sizes small through extra large are $15, and 2XL and up are $17.
Some suggested topics on what to pray for during the walk are safety, provision and wisdom for students, teachers and staff.
“I’ve been pretty humbled by it because I feel like ‘I’m just Christy, ya know? Nobody’s gonna listen to me.’” Parker said. “But it isn’t about me, it’s about who God is and what He wants to do. So that’s been the really amazing part about it all, and I’m really anxious to see what He’s gonna do. I think He’s gonna do some pretty big things. He’s definitely wanting it to happen, so it’s been pretty exciting to watch.”
By Wesley Coburn - ONN
With the 2017-18 school year quickly approaching, Beggs High School will have an orientation for students August 14-15.
The sophomores will have their orientation Monday night at 6 p.m., with the freshmen to follow at 7 p.m.
On Tuesday night, the juniors will have their orientation at 6 p.m. while the seniors will have theirs at 7 p.m.
There will be a preview night Thursday, August 17, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. The first day of classes is Monday, August 21.